Feb. 18, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio – On a busy day at Value City Arena where Ohio State honored its five seniors as well as cancer survivors and fighters in its annual Pink Game, the Buckeyes shot 53 percent in the second half to pullout a 73-60 victory over visiting Purdue.
With the win, the Buckeyes have won six-straight against Big Ten foes and are now 22-6 overall and 11-3 the conference. The day was made even sweeter as Maryland fell for its second-straight time this week and Ohio State is now in a tie for the league lead with the Terrapins.
Senior Kelsey Mitchell made four threes, pulled down a season-high eight rebounds and scored a game-high 26 points. Stephanie Mavunga notched her 14th double-double of the year with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Three Boilermakers scored in double-figures led by Karissa McLaughlin with 17 points.
Ohio State used the emotional boost from the senior day festivities and led 13-2 early. But Purdue hung around and trailed by just three, 33-30, at halftime.
The Boilermakers scored the first four points in the third quarter to take its first lead of the game at 34-33 but it was short lived. OSU scored just 15 seconds later and reeled-off 10-straight to regain control and led the rest of the way.
Ohio State shot over 53 percent in the second half and held Purdue to just 34.8 percent from the floor. OSU also out-rebounded the Boilers 45-43, marking the first time it won the battle on the boards in the last five games.
The Buckeyes five seniors will play their final game at Value City Arena on Wednesday when Ohio State hosts Northwestern. Tip time is 7 p.m. and the game will be streamed on BTN2Go.